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About Ralph Schwartz

After 13 years in mainstream journalism, Ralph Schwartz left The Bellingham Herald in November 2015 to get more involved in the community. He's now a freelance editor and writer, and works in environmental consulting to not quite make ends meet.

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Articles by Ralph Schwartz

Dems, GOP primed for legal fight over districts

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 15, 2016

Half a dozen Districting Committee meetings in the books, and what does Whatcom County have to show for them? One mystery and one thing we know all too well. First [...]

The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 11, 2016

The third annual Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism award dinner on Feb. 12 in Bellingham was bigger than ever—a bigger venue, more guests, a higher bar tab and, most notably, not [...]

Districting Committee: GOP accuses Democrats of gerrymandering

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 08, 2016

Republicans on the Whatcom County Districting Committee accused the Democrats of “political packing” when they drew up the five districts that will determine representation on the County Council [...]

Districting Committee: Republicans lack legal compass

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 06, 2016

I don’t know who is giving the Republicans on the Whatcom County Districting Committee legal advice, but they need to fire their lawyer. The Republicans stumbled badly in [...]

D’Angelo undaunted by fine: ‘I had to make the moral choice’

By Ralph SchwartzOn Feb 29, 2016

Chiara D’Angelo stood her ground Monday, Feb. 29, in a hearing room on the 34th floor of the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle. D’Angelo, [...]

‘Goodwill’ wanted but lacking on Districting Committee

By Ralph SchwartzOn Feb 23, 2016

A conservative attack against the Whatcom County Council’s five-district proposal failed last summer in court. No wonder, then, that the same argument failed on Monday, Feb. 22, in the [...]

Anchor-chain activists face hefty fines

By Ralph SchwartzOn Feb 18, 2016

Combined, Chiara D’Angelo and Matt Fuller spent 88 hours last spring on the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger. The vessel was docked in Bellingham Bay at the time [...]

Redistricting: Democrats may have upper hand

By Ralph SchwartzOn Feb 09, 2016

First meetings of new committees are almost always uneventful, but the Whatcom County Districting Committee, which met for the first time on Monday, Feb. 8, promised on its first day to [...]

In White Skin

By Ralph SchwartzOn Feb 01, 2016

“I’m just a lost soul in white skin / Trying to find my way to a new end” I won’t quit my day job to [...]

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